After a German medical student put a TEDxTalk arguing that pedophilia is an “unchangeable sexual orientation” just like heterosexuality, the online community erupted in outrage. She also wants the society accept this pedophiles.
An audience at the University of Würtzberg in Germany during a presentation asked Heine, “Why our perception of pedophilia has to change.” And Mirjam Heine has to defend her claims. She didn’t afraid to make the extremely controversial claim that pedophilia is simply another sexual orientation.
Heine argued that “According to current research pedophilia is an unchangeable sexual orientation just likes, for example, heterosexuality. No one chooses to be a pedophile, no one can cease being one,” “The difference between pedophilia and other sexual orientations is that living out this sexual orientation will end in a disaster.”
But, experts don’t agree with her and say Heine is wrong on several levels.
The first disaster as she sees is the sexual abuse of minors and she strongly condemned it. “Let me be very clear here. Abusing children is wrong without any doubt, but a pedophile who doesn’t abuse children has done nothing wrong.” Adding the pedophilia is just a preference to have sex with children said, Heine.
Heine wants the society to help decrease the “suffering” of pedophiles by accepting them by not isolating them. She also wants the society to encourage them not to abuse children.
Heine said that “We shouldn’t increase the sufferings of pedophiles by excluding them, by blaming and mocking them. By doing that, WE increase their isolation and WE increase the chance of child sexual abuse.”
She also argued that “We should accept that pedophiles are people who have not chosen their sexuality and who, unlike most of us, will never be able to live it out freely…Most of us feel discomfort when we think about pedophiles. But just like pedophiles, we are not responsible for our feelings. We do not choose them but we are responsible for our actions,”
TEDx had to remove the video from YouTube as they had to face relentless backlash over the presentation. Especially because of the idea that pedophilia is just another sexual orientation.
A therapist and behavioral psychology expert Dr. Linda Mintle was one of those who took issue with that claim.
She told to CBN News that, “Pedophilic disorder is a mental disorder. It is one type of mental disorder in the category of paraphilias.”
In the Fifth edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, refers to pedophilia as a sexual orientation. But it was later corrected as a move Mintle applauds by the American Psychiatric Association.
“Pedophiles have different brains than the rest of the population and their brain scans indicate mental illness”, said Psychiatrist and brain disorder specialist Dr. Daniel Amen to CBN News.
Daniel amen said, “If we scan their brains they look more like people who have OCD and low frontal cortex.” Here it says that pedophiles tend to have less empathy.
Dr. Mintle believes that the church can help pedophiles as it helps to learn to empathize and change their behavior.
She also illustrated that “They need treatment – understand, empathizes, restricts, and intervene. The church could work on empathy training. It involves helping the offender take on the perspective of the victim and in identification with the victim, understand the harm that has been done.”
As for both experts, pedophilia is very hard to treat. But the pedophile can change if they believe their behavior is wrong and they truly need transformation.